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Posted on: April 23, 2010 4:16 pm
 

Five bold predictions for the second/third round

As anticipated, I hit a few and missed a few in my initial Bold Predictions for the 2010 draft. I tried to limit my predictions to the first round for that article.

Here are five bold predictions for Friday's second and third rounds.

Colt McCoy will be drafted ahead of Jimmy Clausen too.
I've spoken to a variety of league sources on Clausen and the consensus on his fall is that his personality had something to do with it, but more than anything else was the belief that he's been groomed for so long that he offers very little upside. Essentially, he's as good right now as he's ever going to be. The same can not be said for Tim Tebow and, some believe for Colt McCoy. McCoy's intangibles are so good, in fact, that some believe the Bills and Browns will enter a bidding war for the services of the former Longhorn quarterback. Rather than wait for him with their respective second round picks, one of these two clubs might trade with St. Louis for 33rd overall.

Lots of trades.
If you thought there were a lot of trades yesterday (seven), I'm told there could be considerably more today. I woke up this morning planning on writing a second round mock draft, but in contacting sources to prepare, was told to "not bother" with the working out the team-player fits because there could be "lots of action." Instead, I've been told to just stick with the best players available, as they "should go quick." There are several clubs with various picks eager to take advantage of this year's unique depth. From watching how animated Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider were yesterday in their press conference, I'd be surprised if they don't make more than just the one pick they currently have (60th overall).

Expect quite a run on wide receivers.
As most projected, there were two wide receivers drafted in the first round. However, in speaking with different teams, I've come up with 11 wideouts that have been given second round grades by at least one team. Names to keep in mind are: Golden Tate, Eric Decker, Damian Williams, Arrelious Benn, Mardy Gilyard, Carlton Mitchell, Brandon LaFell, Jordan Shipley, Taylor Price, Dexter McCluster and Marcus Easley.

Big name SEC player surprises.
A year ago Greg Hardy, Brandon Spikes, Terrence Cody and Carlos Dunlap were considered by some to be a lock for the first round. Now, there are some who believe all four will drop to Saturday's rounds 4-7. I don't see that happening. Too much good tape and/or athletic potential for these guys to slip that far. Expect to see at least two of them come off the board in the second round, and all four by the end of the night.

Rob Gronkowski ends up either in Baltimore or New England
There are some teams that rated Rob Gronkowski as the top tight end in this class. I've been told the Ravens, who have a need for the position based on the durability struggles of Todd Heap, are among them. The Patriots also have a very high grade on the former Wildcat. Gronkowski lacks Jermaine Gresham's game-speed, but is a better all-around player and a significantly better blocker.




Posted on: April 23, 2010 4:15 pm
 

Five bold predictions for the second/third round

As anticipated, I hit a few and missed a few in my initial Bold Predictions for the 2010 draft. I tried to limit my predictions to the first round for that article.

Here are five bold predictions for Friday's second and third rounds.

Colt McCoy will be drafted ahead of Jimmy Clausen too.
I've spoken to a variety of league sources on Clausen and the consensus on his fall is that his personality had something to do with it, but more than anything else was the belief that he's been groomed for so long that he offers very little upside. Essentially, he's as good right now as he's ever going to be. The same can not be said for Tim Tebow and, some believe for Colt McCoy. McCoy's intangibles are so good, in fact, that some believe the Bills and Browns will enter a bidding war for the services of the former Longhorn quarterback. Rather than wait for him with their respective second round picks, one of these two clubs might trade with St. Louis for 33rd overall.

Lots of trades.
If you thought there were a lot of trades yesterday (seven), I'm told there could be considerably more today. I woke up this morning planning on writing a second round mock draft, but in contacting sources to prepare, was told to "not bother" with the working out the team-player fits because there could be "lots of action." Instead, I've been told to just stick with the best players available, as they "should go quick." There are several clubs with various picks eager to take advantage of this year's unique depth. From watching how animated Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider were yesterday in their press conference, I'd be surprised if they don't make more than just the one pick they currently have (60th overall).

Expect quite a run on wide receivers.
As most projected, there were two wide receivers drafted in the first round. However, in speaking with different teams, I've come up with 11 wideouts that have been given second round grades by at least one team. Names to keep in mind are: Golden Tate, Eric Decker, Damian Williams, Arrelious Benn, Mardy Gilyard, Carlton Mitchell, Brandon LaFell, Jordan Shipley, Taylor Price, Dexter McCluster and Marcus Easley.

Big name SEC player surprises.
A year ago Greg Hardy, Brandon Spikes, Terrence Cody and Carlos Dunlap were considered by some to be a lock for the first round. Now, there are some who believe all four will drop to Saturday's rounds 4-7. I don't see that happening. Too much good tape and/or athletic potential for these guys to slip that far. Expect to see at least two of them come off the board in the second round, and all four by the end of the night.

Rob Gronkowski ends up either in Baltimore or New England
There are some teams that rated Rob Gronkowski as the top tight end in this class. I've been told the Ravens, who have a need for the position based on the durability struggles of Todd Heap, are among them. The Patriots also have a very high grade on the former Wildcat. Gronkowski lacks Jermaine Gresham's game-speed, but is a better all-around player and a significantly better blocker.



Posted on: March 15, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2010 12:58 pm
 

LSU Pro Day results, link to videos

LSU did a terrific job of highlighting their players accomplishments at their Pro Day earlier today. Not only are the official results of all 18 participants laid out on their site, they also provide links to several videos of the event -- broken due by specific drills.

The most notable results of the day came from running back Charles Scott, who measured in six pounds less today that he did at the Combine and it showed in his time in the 40-yard dash. Measuring in at 5-11 3/8, 232 pounds, Scott was twice timed at 4.53 seconds. He had been clocked in the low 4.7s on some scouts' watches in Indianapolis and was officially credited with a 4.67.

Keiland Williams, the "other" LSU back also was impressive, proving sufficiently recovered from ankle surgery to run the 40-yard dash in 4.51 and 4.52 seconds at 5-11, 231 pounds.  Williams had flashed as the starter after Scott went down with a collarbone. He broke his ankle against Ole Miss and leaves with only three starts to his credit, but played in 47 games for the Tigers. He is viewed as an intriguing late round prospect with some upside.

The official results, as listed by LSU's website are below. I've also provided a link to the here which have the results and links to the videos.

The asterisks denote results that occurred at the Combine.

2010 LSU Pro Day Scorecard (March 15 - LSU Football Operations Center)

  Name Pos Height/Weight Arm & Hand 40-Yard Bench Reps (225) Shuttle Runs (20/60) 3-Cone Drill Broad Jump Vertical Jump
84 Rahim Alem DE 6-2½/257
6-3/251*
33 & 10
33¼ & 10¼* 
--
4.75*

18

4.47/11.34

7.17

8-6
8-10*
32½
30½*

91 Charles Alexander DT 6-3⅛/298
6-4/300*
33¾ & 10¾  
35 & 10⅜*
5.35/5.40   4.90/--   9-7 33

71 Ciron Black OT 6-4⅛/327
6-4/327*
32¾ & 10¼
33 & 10⅛*
--
5.49*
--
23*
4.93/-- 8.04 7-7
7-7*
26
25½*

24 Harry Coleman LB 6-1½/212
6-1/211*
31 & 9¼
32½ & 9¾*
4.45/4.48
4.65*
--
13*
  6.90   9-10
8-11*
33

54 Jacob Cutrera LB 6-3⅛/238 29¾ & 9½ 4.63/4.62 18 4.42/11.81 7.20 9-10 35

18 Richard Dickson TE 6-2½/249 31½ & 10 4.85/4.92 14 4.45/-- 7.56  8-6 28½

40 Orlando Gunn RB 5-6/178 28¼ & 9¾ 5.04/4.98   4.34/12.29 7.28 7-10 27

29  Chris Hawkins CB 6-0½/186
6-0/187*
31½ & 9¾
32 & 9⅞*
4.40/4.41
4.43*
--
16*
--/11.67    9-11 36½

8 Trindon Holliday KR 5-5¼/165
-- 
27½ & 8¼
--
--
4.34*
--
10*
--/11.38
4.48*
--
6.54*
--
9-8*
--
42*

28 R.J. Jackson WR 5-11½/208 33¼ & 9  4.63/4.58 19 4.44/11.47 6.59   9-0 35½

3 Chad Jones FS 6-2¼/225
6-2/221*
32 & 8¾
32½ & 9*
4.54/4.60
4.57*
11
9*
4.13/--   9-7 --

1 Brandon LaFell WR 6-2½/211
6-2/211*
32 & 9
32¾ & 8¾*
4.55/4.55
4.59* 
11 --/11.43 --
6.81*
--
9-5*
--

44 Danny McCray S 6-0½/214  31½ & 9¾   4.47/4.46 23 4.28/11.18 6.70 9-9 34

86 Chris Mitchell WR 5-11⅞/189 31 & 9½ 4.42/4.46 12  4.21/11.27 6.76 9-11 37½

56 Perry Riley LB 6-1/235
6-1/239*
31¾ & 9¾
32½ & 9½*
4.64* 17   --
9-9*
-- 

32 Charles Scott RB 5-11⅜/232
5-11/238*
32½ & 9¾
33 & 9½*
4.53/4.53
4.67*
17  --/11.92 --
6.98*
9-6
9-3*
31

5 Keiland Williams RB 5-11¼/231
5-11/233*
29¼ & 9
30 & 8¾*
4.52/4.51 16     -- 32

97 Al Woods DT 6-3½/307
6-4/309*
34¾ & 11¼
36 & 11*
5.09/5.00
5.12*
23     9-0
9-1*
--
37*





Posted on: March 8, 2010 1:36 pm
 

An eye towards 2011? LSU WR Toliver arrested


With the 2010 draft only six weeks away, most are understandably focusing on it. NFL scouts are always looking ahead to next year, however, and news of a highly touted prospect getting arrested is always worth monitoring. 

According to published reports , LSU wide receiver Terrance Toliver was arrested outside of Fred's, a bar close to the LSU campus, and charged with disturbing the police, public intoxication and interfering with a police officer. Police, according to the report, were forced to taser Toliver after he would not cooperate.

Toliver, along with two other men involved in the fight, was cited and released. Toliver participated in LSU's spring practice prior to the incident. He met with head coach Les Miles Sunday.

Toliver, who just finished his senior season, is expected to be the next in a long line of Tiger receivers to earn a high round selection in the NFL Draft. Since 2002 the Tigers have had nine receivers drafted, including five among the top 50 picks.

Toliver finished the 2009 season with 53 catches for 735 yards and 3 touchdowns, behind Brandon LaFell, another likely top 50 selection. 
Posted on: February 28, 2010 3:23 pm
 

Mitchell, Price, Williams (2), Tate star

For all of the attention that the quarterbacks will receive for the throwing session of today's Combine, the real stars were the players catching the ball.

Former Syracuse star Mike Williams might have enjoyed the best all-around day. Scouts will certainly have to do their homework on him, but on there is no denying Williams' talent. Unofficially clocking in at 4.49, according to The NFL Network, the 6-1 1/2, 221 pound Williams routinely made eye-popping receptions look easy, extending outside of his frame to pluck passes from the air and showing good fluidity as a route-runner.

His namesake Damian Williams from USC also had a strong session. Williams also was credited with a 4.4 second 40-yard dash and showcased the quick feet and good balance scouts are looking for as a route-runner. He consistently caught the ball with is hands, showing good body control to adjust to poorly thrown passes.

South Florida receiver Carlton Mitchell has been generating talk in scouting circles recently and his performance today will certainly continue his momentum. Mitchell is a good looking athlete at nearly 6-3, 215 pounds, running as fluidly as some wideouts significantly smaller than him. NFL.com listed him as having a 4.49 second 40-yard dash and, unlike some receivers, his speed clearly transfers onto the field.

Following up on a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl, Ohio's Taylor Price continued to impress today. He is credited with the second fastest time in the 40-yard dash by NFL.com (4.41 seconds) on the day and didn't drop a single pass. In a draft with lots of big names at receiver, Price could be the "small" school kid that sneaks into the second round.

Notre Dame's Golden Tate was the early star of the show, turning in a pair of lightning fast times in the 40-yard dash that The NFL Network unoffially listed at 4.36 and 4.37 seconds. He initially struggled in the catching session, dropping his first three passes in the gauntlet drill, but regained his form, snatching almost every catchable pass the rest of the session.

On the other end of the spectrum, LSU's Brandon LaFell and Texas' Jordan Shipley, while solid during pass-catching drills, were slower than hoped. LaFell was timed by scouts in attendance in the 4.6s. Shipley was only slighter better, being timed in the mid to late 4.5s.


Posted on: February 17, 2010 1:08 pm
 

Suh looking forward to working out in Indy

I spoke to Ndamukong Suh yesterday for an article on his and other prospects' preparation for the pre-draft workouts. Unlike most of the top talents of recent years, Suh is fully planning on taking advantage of the hundreds of scouts attending the Combine and will work out there.

"I plan on doing every last bit of that Combine," Suh told me during a phone interview. "I'm looking forward to all of the drills; taking care of business in every last piece of that. I'm not going to shy away from anything. The only way I wouldn't do that would be if I wasn't 100% with my body."

Suh went on to explain that he is at 100% and essentially has been all year long, aside from "some bumps and bruises during the season."

As impressive as I expect Suh to be in workouts, his time to shine might be in front of the podium during the media and team interviews. Suh is much more cerebral and soft-spoken than the ferocity of his game and physicality of his position might lead one to believe. In a time when every front office asks themselves if their first round pick is truly someone that can be "the face of the franchise," Suh will impress.

Suh has been training with former Olympian Michael Johnson at the Michael Johnson Performance Center just outside of Dallas, Texas. Among the other notables training there are Texas' Sergio Kindle, LSU receiver Brandon LaFell, Mississippi's Greg Hardy and Dexter McCluster and Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer.
Posted on: February 11, 2010 6:11 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2010 6:14 pm
 

Michael Johnson Performance Boasts Big Names

I traveled last year to Athletes Performance Institute in Tempe, Arizona to get a firsthand look at the training that goes on prior the Combine. Following this trip, I also spoke to gold medal winner and world record holder Michael Johnson about the performance center which bears his name and his work with high profile NFL prospects prior to the Combine.

Johnson boasted an impressive class last year, including first round picks Michael Crabtree, Knowshon Moreno and Brandon Pettigrew.

Some of his detractors were quick to point out that Moreno and Pettigrew were disappointingly slow in workouts and that Crabtree, Johnson's most celebrated prospect, never did work out for scouts.

Those detractors must not have carried much weight, however, as Johnson boasts an impressive group of prospects this year -- even more impressive than last's year's crop.

Among those signed up to work with Johnson is Ndamukong Suh, LSU wide receiver Brandon LaFell, Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer, Texas pass rusher Sergio Kindle, Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy and his former teammate, Dexter McCluster, among others.

A strong showing by these athletes in workouts this year not only will boost their own stock, it could further improve Michael Johnson's profile within the pre-combine training community.

Posted on: November 28, 2009 11:12 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2009 11:54 pm
 

LSU wins game, but loses LaFell?

LSU won an overtime thriller against a gutty Arkansas team, but may have lost the best senior receiver in the country in doing so.

One play before LSU kicker Josh Jasper hit the 36-yard field goal that would ultimately be the game-winner, LaFell dropped to one knee to try to make the catch of a poor pass from Jordan Jefferson. With his left knee bent behind him, LaFell was hit on his right side by Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin. The hit hyperextended LaFell's left knee, causing him to lie on his back for several moments in obvious pain. LaFell was able to walk off the field under his own power, but he had Tiger medical staff on either side of him in support and he was limping badly. With the game ending so soon after LaFell's injury, no news about the actual extent of LaFell's injury is likely to be released until Sunday, at the earliest.

The 6-3, 205 pound receiver had been highlighted as NFLDraftScout.com's Player of the Week after LSU's loss to Ole Miss last Saturday. There are few receivers of his size with the quick feet and feel for tight quarters to be used outside and in the slot. This versatility, along with his great strength after the catch, has made him one of the more highly touted receivers in the country over the past two seasons. 

Despite a largely inconsistent offense around him, LaFell has been a headliner. He leads the Tigers with 52 receptions for 703 yards and is tied for the SEC-lead with 10 touchdowns. LaFell caught 4 passes for 68 yards and a score against Arkansas, Saturday.



 
 
 
 
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